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Air Toxics: Enforcing Deadlines

Case Overview

Lawsuits to compel EPA to create overdue regulations to control air toxic emissions and protect public health.

(This case is now closed. To learn about recent Earthjustice litigation to clean up the air we breathe, visit the Clean Air Focus Area.)

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03524, 03764, 03770, 03819

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Case Updates

May 16, 2014 | Blog Post

Courts Demand Clean Air for Americans

Over the last few weeks, the nation’s federal courts—including the Supreme Court—have blessed Americans with four major clean air victories.

December 19, 2013 | Feature

A Year of Victories: 2012

By the end of 2012, Earthjustice, with our partners and clients, had won broad victories on a number of fronts. Read about three of these far-reaching achievements—and look back on the dozens of other victories for the Earth that you helped us achieve that year.

May 15, 2013 | Blog Post

Advocates From 50 States Call for Health Standards

When our elected officials continue standing in the way of clean air and water—it’s time to shake things up. Which is why more than 100 physicians, tribal and labor leaders, clergy, nurses and parents are in Washington, D.C., for a 3-day visit with Congress, united as 50 States United for Healthy Air.

This legion of clean air and water advocates are meeting with members of Congress to call for greater protections from smog, coal ash, carbon and other dangerous air pollutants.

It’s a big day for our lungs and our health.

May 15, 2013 | Press Release

Clean Air Takes Over Capitol Hill

More than 100 physicians, tribal leaders, labor leaders, clergy, nurses, parents to meet with Congress on carbon pollution, smog, ash, other clean air priorities

November 19, 2012 | In the News: The Fresno Bee

Lawsuit challenges Valley's dirty-air penalty

A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of environmental groups seeks to hold major industries in the San Joaquin Valley accountable for their share of ozone pollution there. The local agency charged with enforcing the federal Clean Air Act has instead forced citizens to pay almost $30 million in fines as a result of its own continuous failure to meet yearly ozone cleanup deadlines.

January 30, 2012 | Feature

The Toxic Air Burden From Industrial Power Plants

Industrial power plants are the third largest source of mercury pollution in the United States. The dirtiest of these facilities released more than 160 million pounds of toxic air pollutants like mercury and lead in 2010 alone. Earthjustice has worked for more than a decade to reduce health threats from pollution caused by industrial power plants, also known as industrial boilers.

December 21, 2011 | Blog Post

In the Shadow of the Stacks

"It's like hell. Living in hell," says Marti Blake, when asked about being neighbors with a coal-fired power plant. "It's filthy, it's dirty, it's noisy, it's unhealthy."

For the past 21 years, Blake has lived across the street from the Cheswick Generating Station in Springdale, PA. A family situation left her trying to find a place quickly, and a simple brick home in the small town only 20 minutes from Pittsburgh seemed fine.